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PHWA to Proceed With Project
KEH will study both the engineering and financial aspects of the project that is estimated to cost $2.5 million in total.
Port Hueneme Public Works Director Chris Theissen also briefed the board on discussions with Oxnard regarding impacts from proposed upgrading of that city’s wastewater plant. The PWHA facility sits on land leased from the City of Oxnard.
Renewal of the lease is complicated by the need to virtually rebuild the wastewater plant to account for potential sea level rise. The two plants sit on adjoining parcels. Should the Oxnard plant need to be relocated, that could impact the PHWA plant as well. Cost estimates for the Oxnard project alone could exceed $800 million.
PHWA board member Doug Breeze (Port Hueneme) pointed out that the lease can only be terminated by “mutual agreement” and that there were “lots of options” for working with Oxnard to improve water quality and supply. “Flexibility’s the name of the game when you’re talking water,” he said.
In other business, the board voted to continue to meet monthly, rather than revert to quarterly, meetings. Staff estimates the cost of each meeting to be $5435.
Community Choice Coming to Ventura County?
Community Choice is a mechanism for cities and counties to take over the purchase of electricity from the for-profit power companies such as Southern California Edison or Pacific Gas and Electric. While the actual power lines would still be owned by SCE or PG&E, the electricity itself would be purchased and sold by the community agency.
Presently in California, Marin and Sonoma Counties as well as the City of Lancaster have formed Community Choice agencies. While Marin is reporting 3-5% savings in electricity rates, there are, nonetheless, cautionary notes to be sounded.
A study for the City of Arcata puts the cost of conversion at $1 million, in contrast to the “large amounts of revenue” predicted by an earlier study. http://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/arcata-eyes-costly-divorce/Content?oid=3170926
Several Santa Barbara cities led by the County have begun exploring Community Choice. They recently approached Ventura County with an invitation to join in a feasibility study estimated to cost about $50,000.
VCREA, chaired by 3rd District Supervisor Kathy Long, agreed to contact Ventura County cities to see if any were interested in participating in such a study. The Board of Supervisors will consider the matter separately.
VCREA is an association of the County, local cities, shcool districts, and special districts formed to promote energy conservation in Ventura County.
What makes a town a “community” are the voices and actions of the people who live there. That includes, but is not limited to, city government. It includes what people do to have fun, improve their town and raise their children. You simply can’t do that effectively from several towns away.
I could not have been happier with the reception of the previous incarnation of the Pilot or of getting to know the people and sharing their stories. I wish the new ePilot the best of luck, and I look forward to following the activities of my adopted hometown from afar.
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